Friday, April 28, 2017

2017 Bowman Baseball - The Top 100, ROY Favorites and Pipeline Cards

Following up on the Dodger base cards found in packs of 2017 Bowman Baseball, I now share the Dodgers' available in the Bowman Scouts Top 100, ROY Favorites and Talent Pipeline insert sets. Notably, former Dodgers pitching prospect (since traded to the Tampa Bay Rays) Jose De Leon is still shown as a Dodger.

Bowman Scouts Top 100

#BTP-17 Cody Bellinger           #BTP-62 Alex Verdugo

Phillies Series Starts Friday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts Friday evening against the Philadelphia Phillies. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand; including several Dodger appearance for Viva Los Dodgers Sunday.

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Friday, April 28th at 7:10 PM
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Blog Kiosk: 4/28/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Corey Seager knows how to celebrate his birthday with style. Yesterday afternoon against the Giants, on his 23rd birthday, he launched his fifth home run of the young season in the first inning of the game. The knock is the 19th time in Dodger history that a player hit a round-tripper on his birthday, and the first time it's been done since Matt Kemp in 2014. As for the rest of the game, Julio Urias was impressive in his first outing of the year and the Dodgers offense finally rallied to win the game in the 10th inning. Per Chris Haft and Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"The way that we've sort of been inconsistent with the different facets of the game and to be one game under .500, I think we're in a good place," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "This was a hard-fought series. They celebrated their wins over us and to be two games down in the loss column and salvage a split, to see the life we had in the last inning, this was a big win for us."
Photo above via Justin Turner on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1900 Brooklyn Superbas outfielder Fielder Jones becomes the first modern day Dodger player to hit a grand slam. It was accomplished at Brooklyn's Washington Park. In 1982 the Dodgers traded Leo Hernandez to Baltimore for professional pinch-hitter Jose Morales. In 1985 Fernando Valenzuela set a major league record by extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak at the start of the season to 41 frames when he blanks San Diego for eight innings. The Padres would then score off Fernando in the ninth inning when Tony Gwynn hit a game winning homer to defeat the Dodgers, 1-0.
  • Happy Birthday, Jim Poole!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 Bowman Baseball - The Dodgers Base and Prospect Cards

Topps Bowman Baseball card set is now officially in stores. As you know, this brand focuses on the top prospects in the game, and includes first-cards for many rising future stars. For instance, this set provides Dodger collectors with the first licensed card for right-handed pitcher Dustin May. Go here for a complete checklist. Below are all of the Dodger base and prospect base cards.

Base Cards

#2 Kenta Maeda               #50 Corey Seager

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Turner, Monday and Toles

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

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This coming Friday, April 28th from  11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Dodger third baseman Justin Turner will meet and greet fans at the Spectrum Store on La Cienega. This is only a photo opportunity. No autographs will be available.

Blog Kiosk: 4/27/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Earlier today the Jackie Robinson Foundation broke ground on the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York. You can watch the ceremony here. Per Della Britton, CEO of The Jackie Robinson Foundation:
"It will tell Jackie’s story as a gifted athlete and pioneering major leaguer who sacrificed and worked to unite..."
Photo above via the Jackie Robinson Foundation on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1929 Dodger reliever Clise Dudley became the first player to hit a home run on the first major league pitch thrown to him. In 1944 Jim Tobin of the Braves no-hits the Brooklyn Dodgers in Boston, 2-0. In 1990 Orel Hershiser undergoes surgery on his pitching shoulder. In 2004 Mets Catcher Mike Piazza ties Carlton Fisk for most career round-trippers by a catcher when he hit home run #351 against Dodgers hurler Hideo Nomo at Dodger Stadium.
  • Happy Birthday, Hi Myers, Frank Wurm & Corey Seager!